Brampton, Norfolk

This web-site is for the village of Brampton, Norfolk. This site is dedicated to Brampton and has links for both residents and visitors. The intention is to provide information, news and community based material. The village is linked through the Parish Council with the neighbouring village of Oxnead. The Parish Council area also includes the cottages at the old Red House School.

Brampton is one of the smallest villages in Norfolk and is almost certainly the smallest of all the places with the same name throughout the world (although there is a possible contender in the USA for that title). The village is located in the valley of the River Bure some 2.5 miles from the market town of Aylsham.

The village sign (above) gives a clue to the fact that the village has a rich history. Archaeological finds go back to the neolithic but the glory days were in Roman times when the site was a bustling industrial centre with maritime links to the rest of the empire. Pottery and metal products were the main items manufactured here. The sign is based on a Roman artefact discovered in the village which can now be seen in Norwich Castle Museum. Excavations in the 1960’s & 70’s uncovered a Roman bath house and much evidence of industrial activity. It also identified the location of the port area from where the manufactured items were exported.

The River Bure was navigable through Brampton until 1912 when wherries (Norfolk cargo carrying river boats) would transit to the mill at Aylsham. Brampton itself had a staithe (landing place) and at least one wherry was based here. Today the head of navigation is Coltishall from where the Bure forms an important part of the Broads network as it wends its way to Great Yarmouth.

Today the village is unspoilt and very quiet. Visitors on foot, bike or horseback are very welcome but our narrow lanes and lack of parking makes a visit by car very difficult. There is no bus service anymore although we do have a bus shelter. There is also a station at Brampton on the picturesque Bure Valley Railway which is a tourist narrow gauge line. There is a footpath and cycle way alongside this line and for the moderately active a gentle walk along the line from Aylsham to Brampton is a delight. Better still take the train and enjoy the experience. The timetable etc can be found at http://www.bvrw.co.uk/

The village has no shops, cafes or pubs. The nearest are in Buxton or slightly further away in Aylsham. Anybody visiting the village should be aware of this before arrival. There are a number of footpaths in and around Brampton. One of the favourites is the path that leads to Burgh-next-Aylsham which crosses the Bure by way of the “cradle bridge”. The photograph of the cradle bridge below left was taken from the Burgh side. The other picture was taken from the bridge and looks downstream, Brampton is on the right and Burgh the left. This footpath starts (or ends depending on your perspective) in Burgh churchyard.

Brampton Parish Council represents the residents of the village and manages the community field, village hall, bus shelter and village signs.

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3 Responses to Brampton, Norfolk

  1. Barbara Chapman says:

    Hello, not sure if this is the place to send my request but I thought that someone may know if there are any of the Mack Family still living in the village?
    I have found literally hundreds of relatives born or living in the village, pleas quite a lot that were born or died in the old workhouse in Buxton.
    I know that my Macks also ran the Cross Keys pub as well.
    So I would like to request that if there are any Macks still there they might be allowed access to my email address? I would love to hear from them.
    Thank you

    Barbara

    • marklittle says:

      Dear Barbara

      Thank you for your email – sorry for the lateness of my reply. Sadly there are no longer Macks living in the village. Susan ‘Bubbles’ Mack was the last one to do so and she died two or three years ago. He brother, Arthur, predeceesed her (perhaps by ten years or so). They lived in a flat near the Old Cross Keys pub. There are a number of relations living in the wider area – nephews who kept in touch with them and continue to do so with some in the village. I am not certain of any of their email addresses, but I am sure that there landline numbers would be available.

      Regards

      Mark

  2. Barbara says:

    Thank you so much Mark.
    After searching for many years I have hit a brick wall but it’s good to know that there are still some Macks in the area. I will try to look up the landline numbers as suggested.

    Many thanks
    Barbara

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